Swans will be patient with Oli

1st April 2019
First team

Graham Potter says Swansea City will need to have a little bit of patience with Oli McBurnie following the striker's return to action.

McBurnie - the club's topscorer this season - made his first Swans appearance in nearly a month in the weekend defeat at Nottingham Forest.

The Scotland international has been hindered by bouts of illness during 2019, although he has still managed 18 goals in all competitions this season.

But manager Potter says it would be unrealistic to expect the 22-year-old to immediately hit his best form after his spell on the sidelines with a virus.

"I thought he did well. It is difficult for him coming back in," said the Swans boss.

"He had some time away with Scotland that obviously did not go that well for him in terms of results and things.

"I feel for him a bit, you can see the effort is there but it would be unfair for us to expect Oli McBurnie to be on the pitch and get every chance he gets to go in. 

"That's just not the reality of football. But we are happy we are getting him opportunities, we would like to get him some more and there were no complaints about his performance.

"We now have to focus on trying to win the next game, we will see how he recovers, that's the important thing.

There is not a lot of time to turn around, but he is the type of player that can look as if he is on his knees and yet he keeps going."